MISSIONARY - BETHELITE EXPOSES
TITLE: THE KING'S HIGHWAY: El Camino Real : God's Highway to Peace and Happiness
AUTHOR: KENNETH GUINDON
PAGES: 212 Pages.
CONDITION: Brand New.
Born to nominal Catholic parents in 1939, Kenneth Guindon attended Catholic schools from the third grade until his sophomore year in High School; when finances forced his return to public school. There, Guindon made friends with another 16 year old student whose mother was one of JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES. During an overnight sleepover, she was able to "witness" to Guindon. This led to a "bible study", attendance at the local Kingdom Hall, and eventually his baptism at age 17 during his senior year in High School. Guindon's mother and (by then) stepfather both strongly opposed his conversion, but the "love-bombing" by Guindon's "new JW family" won out over his parent's opposition.
After High School, Guindon immersed himself in local Jehovah's Witness activities, and he quickly became a high performing JW, both at the Kingdom Hall and in Field Service. Guindon wrote to the WatchTower Society seeking a "pioneering" assignment where "the need was great". The WBTS recommended several towns in Maine, which was quite a distance from Guindon's home in southern California. However, after working and saving for a year, Guindon made the move; attending the 1958 International Convention in New York on his way to Maine.
After "regular pioneering" for 5 years, and serving in various congregation positions, Guindon was "hired" as a paid "special pioneer" for the WatchTower Society, and appointed a "congregation overseer". Not long thereafter, Guindon was accepted for fulltime service at Brooklyn Bethel. There, after only a year's service, Guindon was appointed a "floor overseer". Notable events during Guindon's stay at Brooklyn Bethel included a couple of Bethelites who were caught getting drunk on the roof of a WatchTower building, and a Bethelite "peeping Tom" who was chased by the police back to Bethel. Guindon also mentions the ring of homosexuals, including several "Bethelite big-shots", who were discovered at Bethel some years later.
During his fourth year at Bethel, Guindon developed a relationship with Monique, a young female Gilead student who was attending the WatchTower's missionary training school. Guindon wanted to ask her to marry him, but she did not allow the relationship to get that far. Monique graduated from Gilead and was assigned to Ivory Coast in Africa. After completing his "four year celibacy contract", Guindon told President Knorr that Monique had agreed to marry him if he would join her as a missionary. Knorr agreed, and granted Guindon admittance into the 48th class of Gilead. However, after graduation, Knorr told Guindon that he must work for a year in Ivory Coast at a location separate from Monique before they could marry.
While in Ivory Coast, Guindon contracted polio due to not having been vaccinated. Guindon notes that his expensive medical bills in Africa and in France (sent there for treatment) were paid by either himself or the government; without the WatchTower Society offering to cover such.
After Guindon and Monique's return to Africa, Monique accidentally became pregnant -- a "no-no" for WatchTower missionaries. Although the WBTS would now force them to resign as missionaries, they decided they would stay on in Ivory Coast and do as much work for the WBTS as possible. While looking for employment and living quarters, President Knorr visited on a routine inspection tour. However, because he was miffed at the Guindon's due to the pregnancy, they were not invited to the local meeting. Guindon went anyway. Afterwards, he asked Knorr for a $200 loan to help them get started out on their own away from the Branch. Knorr refused, and told Guindon to ask his (opposing) non-JW parents for the money.
The Guindon's eventually returned to California (after the WBTS at first refused to pay for their airplane tickets -- an illegal act due to the WBTS's agreement with the government to repatriate their missionaries), and there Guindon did something that no Jehovah's Witness is supposed to do; something not required of him at the WatchTower's world headquarters or at the WatchTower missionary training school. He started studying the Bible. Guindon discovered why the WBTS doesn't want JWs to do that. Without WatchTower literature obscuring Bible interpretation, Guindon discovered that WatchTower doctrine falls apart. As has happened to many JWs who have had the audacity to research the Bible on their own, Guindon eventually became a born again Christian.
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